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Mensaje  Manuel el Jue Mar 17, 2011 7:59 am

THE ORIGIN OF THE NAMES OF THE MONTHS.

The names of the months all come from Latin. Many of the names were names of Roman gods. January, March, May, June - these months are named after Roman gods.
January was named after the god Janus. Janus was a strange god with two faces. He could look in two directions. He could look forward and the back at the same time. He was the god of endings and beginings. January, wich is named after him, is the first months of the year. It is a month in which one looks forward to the new year. One also looks back to the old year.
The name February comes from a Roman celebration. The name of this celebration was Februa. It was a celebration of cleaning. Toward the end of February, after the long winter months, woman begin to think of spring cleaning. Probably this was the origin of the name of the month. February has only 28 days. Every fourth year it has an extra day making a total of 29 days. The reason for this is that in every year there are exactly 365 days and six hours. At the end of four years these sis extra hours of each add up to 24 hours or one full day. This fourth year, in which February has 29 days, we call "Leap Year".
The third month, March, is named after the Roman god of war, Mars. Mars was a strong god. The Roman people always connected him with thunder and lightning. Pictures of Mars always show him with lightning about his head. It is natural that the name of March comes from this god Mars. March is a month of storms. The wind blows strongly. It rains very hard. There is often thunder and lightning.
The origin of the word April is not known exactly. Probably the word from the Latin word aperiri. This Latin word means "to open". In Spanish today there are the words abrir (to open) and abierto (open). In the month of April the skies open. It raisn very often. The trees become green. Grass and flowers appear.
The month of May is named after the Goddess Maia. Maia was young and pretty. She was the goddess of the fields. She was the mother of the god Mercury.
The month of June was named after the goddess Juno. She was the wife of Jupiter. Juno was a beatiful woman.
The seventh month of the year, July, is named after Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar was a famous general. He became dictator of Rome. Before the time of Caesar another calendar was used. The year began in March instead of January. The present month of July was then the fifth month instead of the seventh month. Caesar changed this. He made a new calendar. This is the calendar we use at present. Caesar himself was born in July. He gave the name of July to this month, the seventh month of the new calendar.
After Julius Caesar came his nephew, Augustus. At first the name of Augustus was Octavius. Later, when he became emperor, the people wished to please him. They gave him the title of Augustus, meaning "noble". They also called the eightth month August after him. Possibly you have read something of the Augustan period of Roman history. It is called the "Golden Age". It was a period of peace. It was a period of great literature and art. The great Latin poets, Horace and Virgil, lived at this time.
The month of September, October, November and December need little explanation. In our calendar today they are the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth months. But in the old calendar before Julius Caesar they were the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months. The names for the months September, October, November and December therefore came from the Latin words for seveth, eighth, ninth and tenth.


Última edición por Manuel el Vie Mar 18, 2011 9:00 am, editado 1 vez

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Mensaje  Conchi el Jue Mar 17, 2011 9:54 pm

Ohhh, very interesting! I didn't know that!!!

Thank you, Manuel. Come back soon! Smile

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Mensaje  josemanuel10 el Lun Mar 21, 2011 10:14 am

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Mensaje  Alfonso Crespín Aguilar el Lun Mar 21, 2011 10:19 am

Hello! Como te va : Sad Shocked elephant afro

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Mensaje  Invitado el Vie Mar 25, 2011 10:41 am

Maestro Manuel como estas cheers cheers afro afro lol! lol! lol!

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Mensaje  natalia el Miér Mar 30, 2011 7:00 pm

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Mensaje  Germán Carmona Garrido el Mar Mayo 31, 2011 2:19 pm

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